On grammatical relations as constraints on referent identification

Based on a Relevance Theory-informed view of language development, this paper argues that grammatical relations are construction-specific conventionalizations (grammaticalizations) of implicatures which arise out of repe
Based on a Relevance Theory-informed view of language development, this paper argues that grammatical relations are construction-specific conventionalizations (grammaticalizations) of implicatures which arise out of repeated patterns of reference to particular types of referents. Once conventionalized, these structures function to constrain the hearer's identification of referents in discourse. As they are construction-specific, and hence language-specific, there is no category "subject" across languages; different languages will either show this type of grammaticalization or not, and if they do, may show it or not in different constructions. Any cross-linguistic use of terms such as "subject" (and "S", as in "SOV") should then be avoided.
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Author:Randy J. LaPolla
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1157560
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/13
Year of first Publication:2006
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/07/13
SWD-Keyword:Grammatiktheorie
Source:http://victoria.linguistlist.org/~lapolla//rjlapolla/papers/tsl6506.pdf ; (in:) Voice and Grammatical Relations: Festschrift for Masayoshi Shibatani (Typological Studies in Language), ed. by Tasaku Tsunoda and Taro Kageyama. - Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Jo
HeBIS PPN:228910897
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
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